When your hosting holiday parties and gatherings with kids you want to have something for everyone. Many kids are dairy free for various reasons, which is why I love to find treats that everyone can enjoy.
Heres a recipe for Dairy Free Gingerbread cookies:
Recipe Credit: HUROM
Part I. Spiced Almond Milk
1 cup raw almonds
4 medjool dates, pitted
2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom
½ tsp nutmeg, plus additional for garnishing if desired
1.In a large bowl, soak almonds overnight in 3 cups of water. This makes the nuts softer for optimal juicing.
2.Pour out the water and rinse the almonds. Pour 3 1/2 cups of fresh water into the bowl and add the dates.
3.Turn on your slow juicer and use a ladle to transfer almonds and water (equal parts) into the juicer. Reserve almond pulp for baking.
4.When finished, whisk in vanilla, salt, and spices.
5.Serve chilled or warm, sprinkled with additional nutmeg
Part II. Almond Gingerbread Cookies
You will need:
2 sheets parchment paper for rolling out dough
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
1/3 cup maple syrup
3 cups almond pulp (from Part I)
½ teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1.In a small bowl, combine the butter, egg, and maple syrup, stirring vigorously until fully combined.
2.In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add the butter mixture and mix until dough forms.
3.Flatten the dough into a large disc and wrap in plastic wrap or a freezer bag. Freeze dough for about 30 minutes.
4.Roll out dough between two sheets of parchment paper to an even thickness, approximately ¼”
5.Remove top piece of parchment and flip to remove bottom piece of parchment. Cut out cookies and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
6.Freeze cut cookies for 30 minutes (this helps to maintain their shape while baking)
7.Bake cookies at 350o F for 10 minutes, then lower oven temperature to 170o F and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
8.Cool fully before decorating with royal icing.